Removing glass stains

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  1. Oopkrane

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    I was given a great tank and stand and looking forward to building the tank up to a pristine show tank, but there is one problem. One of the sides has light white stains on the glass that I cannot remove. Tried everything, baking soda, vinegar and the works.
    Any help/advice will be appreciated.
     
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    Polish with cerium oxide paste.
     
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    Where can I buy this and can it be applied by hand or is a special polishing tool required? Thanks.
     
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    It can be applied by hand, like polishing a silver trophy or silverware. But it will take some time. Best is a buff on a drill.

    Most tool and or glass suppliers sell. I get mine from Bohle, Glass Specific, or THT in JHB.
     
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    It is sometimes far more economical to just replace the panel of glass. Polishing can take many hours.
    You will need to consider a "effort on polishing" to replacement cost justification.
     
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    Thanks. I will get some paste and give it a go with my buff.
     
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    Before you go that route. What size is the panel with the stain?
     
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    110 x 50 cm. Not entirely stained. Patches here and there.
     
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    From a business point of view, I would just replace the glass. But for you, if you have the time and patients, then polishing would definitely be cost effective.
     
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    Great advice. Thanx
     
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    Do you have access to a power washer? When I bought my tank it too had white staining in my case old dead coralline algae. I even tried goo gone. Then I thought hey what about my power washer. So outside again with my tank and well it took a lot of time but it did the trick. Just make sure you don't get too close to the silicone. You can try this if you or a friend has a power washer before trying the glass polish. Good luck
     
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    Thanks Derek. I will give this a try. Nothing to lose.
     
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